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THE BATS OF HARI 3XS.                                             221
his death the succession was continued through several other Barnes, which it
seems unnecessary to transcribe.
Thus far the narrative of the Bhakt-Smdhu ; -which, it will b seen, affords
an explanation of the obscure allusions in the Bhakt-Mal& to the two presents*
t; :>3S of die afar and the philosopher's stone, the daily feeding of the monkeys
and peacocks and the Emperor's visit. In other matters, however, it is not at
ail in accord with the traditions accepted by the Swami's descendants ; for they
sav that lie was not a San&dh by caste3 bat a Sarasvat; that his family came not
from Kol or Jale-far. but from Uclack near Maitan, and thafc he lived not four
cr-nturie* n^o, bat at the most only three. It -would seem ihatthe author of the
Bi^kt-^iii'lha was the partisan of a schism, in the community, which occurred
*':> iut 5j years or so ago, and that lie has moulded his facts accordingly ; for
ti:e Jujrariruith wLom lie brings over from Kol is not named in a genuine list
cf thi' 3Iahar.ts, which will be given hereafter. That he is utterly at fault in
iiis dat^. SatfJ'zt 14411537, is obvious at a glance ; for the Emperor who
visltel Briaia-lan was certainly Akbar, and he did not ascend the throne till
Sambai 1612. It is trae that Professor Wilson, in his Religious Sects of the
Hindus, where lie mentions Hari Das3 describes lilnti as a disciple and faithful
companion of Chaitanya, who was bora in 1485 and died in 1527 A. D. But
although Hari Das had imbibed the spirit of Chaitanya's teaching, I know of
no ground for maintaining that there was any personal intercourse between the
two ; had it been sos that fact would scarcely Lave escaped record ia the Bhakt-
]&a!& or some one of its modern paraphrases. Moreover, I have by me a small
poiki of 680 leaves, wMch gives a complete list of all the Mahaiats and their
writings from the founder clown to the date of the MS., which is Sambat 1825.
The* list is as follows : Swami Hari Das^ Bitlial Bipul, Bihanni Das, JSfagari
Das, Saras Das, Naval DHSS Xarhar Das, Rasik D4s, and Lalit-Kishorl? other-
wise called LcIIt-iBohani Das. Allowing 20 years for each incumbency, which
is rather a high averages since only an elderly man would be elected for the post,
the date of Hari Bas's death is thrown back only as far as Sambat 1665. His
writings, moreover, are not more archaic in style than the poems of Talsi D4s,
who died ia SambcLt 1680 ; and therefore on all grounds we may fairly conclude
as an established fact that he flourished at the ead of the 16th and the beginning
of the 17th centary A. D., in the reigns of the Emperors Akbar and JaJbaagir.
Bach of the Mahants named ia the above list is descrilied as being the dis-
ciple of Ms immediate predecessor, and each composed some devotional poems,
which are known as mttws cAoufo/o*, or podas* The most voluminous writer
Is BiMrini Das3 whose jmdm occupy 884 pages. In many of them lie expresses